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Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)

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The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

WHIP has proven to be a highly effective and widely accepted program across the country. By targeting wildlife habitat projects on all lands and aquatic areas, WHIP provides assistance to conservation minded landowners who are unable to meet the specific eligibility requirements of other USDA conservation programs.

The 2008 Farm Bill (Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008) reauthorized WHIP as a voluntary approach to improving wildlife habitat in our Nation. Program administration of WHIP is provided under the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Idaho is targeting the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) to specific species and locations. Please view the State WHIP plan for more information

FY 2013 signup deadline is May 31, 2013.

Program Information

News Release: Short Signup for Funds to Improve Wildlife Habitat

For more information on the WHIP Program, go to the National NRCS website.


Local Contact:

Please contact the District Conservationist in the USDA Service Center nearest the location of your property.

Idaho WHIP Program Manager:

Rob Fredericksen
Phone: (208) 685-6993
Email: Rob.Fredericksen@id.usda.gov